Fair unites family over food

EBENSBURG – Labor Day at the Cambria County fair was all about family.

“We make it like a family affair. There are about 25 of us here together. We come here every year. We come to see the livestock and usually come to see the draft horse pulling,” said Mark Kelly of Murrysville, whose wife Sally is originally from Carrolltown.

“My husband got a day off, so we got to come out. It has been a long time since we have been here. We got to spend some family time together,” said Janna Nail of Patton, while her son Owen Delozier was enjoying a pony ride.

Dan Miller of Northern Cambria brought his 14-year-old granddaughter to the fair.

“She likes the rides and amusements. I just wanted to come out. It looks like it cleared off. The earlier rain may have scared some people away,” Miller said.

John Sherry of Northern Cambria said he comes to the fair every year.

“It is a natural affair. We come mostly for the barns and livestock, and the food is very good. We brought our three grandchildren. They are enjoying the rides,” Sherry said.

Judy Pisarski of Johnstown also is a fair regular.

“We do it every year on Labor Day. We are here for the food, the French fries and the pizza,” Pisarski said.

Others were enjoying the sunny, warm fair weather for the first time in awhile.

“I haven’t been to the Cambria County Fair since I was a teenager. I just moved to the Altoona area from Johnstown. We are looking for some good food. We just had funnel cake and stromboli,” Evelyn Morgan said.

“We haven’t been here for many years, and we needed something to do. I am a native of Ebensburg. We are here for the food and exhibits,” said Alan McCarty of Myrtle Beach, S.C., who was in the area visiting family in Salix.

The fair continues today with rides opening at 4 p.m. with tonight’s admission discounted to $5.

Mirror Staff Writer Walt Frank is at 946-7467.